Acts 17:22 (KJB) Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
Religious and superstitious lie at different ends of the spiritual spectrum.
The Apostle Paul was a man who desired to follow the will and way of God. He was a man who desired to please God, as his life proves. At all personal cost. In doing so, Paul was used greatly of God including penning numerous books of the Bible.
Undoubtedly, The Apostle Paul received the God-breathed words of God and recorded them in a manner pleasing to God. This verse above is an example of mankind’s numerous attempts to modernize God’s Word in various ways including the changing of words, punctuation, and in omitting seemingly archaic text.
What was altered by men in this scripture:
Aeropegus was switched out for the original wording of Paul which was Mars Hill.
In all things was changed to read in every way.
Superstitious was altered to say religious when the Apostle Paul was describing men of that day.
Some religious scholars and pastors of today might argue today that the first two changes mentioned above easily contain the same meaning and context and therefore have no perceived issue in switching these two items as has been done in some updated Bible versions.
However, any sincere man of God is hard-pressed to find sound reasoning for making any changes to God’s ancient text, especially in the last case of altering the word superstitious to religious near the end of this verse. Certainly, you will agree that these two words are not even close in meaning. Changing any text, especially these words causes confusion and only serves to breed spiritual muddles and arguments among men, especially those who are not familiar with ancient history and especially with God’s Word.
What has been pronounced as wrong in the eyes of God is always wrong, no matter if there are changing circumstances or the passing of a frame of time in this world. God’s Word was inspired of God, recorded as such by the Apostle Paul and other godly men, and is timeless in nature.
Just because something can be changed and a man can “get away with changing it” in the name of modernization in this world does not make doing it the right thing to do. Especially when changing any text is wrong in the eyes of God. Even if the first two changes mentioned can be accepted by some, the third change, from superstitious to religious, undoubtedly changes the context and meaning and is certainly not in spiritual agreement with the life of the Apostle Paul and certainly not aligned with God.